Tuesday, May 24, 2016

All Summerfest Headline Shows Set for 2016

The last few Marcus Amphitheater headline shows have been booked for Summerfest 2016. It's ten days of music, with a slight majority of the headline shows being "country" style. Alabama Shakes comes to Milwaukee on July 2, Blink 182 will headline on July 5, Pitbull runs the show on June 30th, and Tim McGraw headlines July 3.  That makes four country shows, Three "Oldies" nights, if you include Paul McCartney as an "oldie" act. The fact that pop (with a touch of punk) stars Blink 182 have been playing for 20 years also puts them in an "oldies" category, but they have a new singer, and are still putting out new music. Selena Gomez covers the teenager crowd.

Summerfest is not an organization that takes risks with headline shows at the 20,000 seat venue. Judging by the "side" stage line ups this year, they aren't taking too many risks there either. Still, it's the cheapest music festival around, and once can have a great time enjoying the nostalgia acts that are in big supply this summer. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Def Leppard Comes to Summerfest 2016 | REO Speedwagon and Tesla Open

Def Leppard Summerfest tickets
Def Leppard will headline Summerfest 2016 on July 6. REO Speedwagon and Tesla will open the show. For Def Leppard tickets, follow the link. The band starts their tour on May 6, with a show in Pensacola Florida. By the time the band hits the stage in Milwaukee, they will have played nineteen shows on their current tour.

Def Leppard is coming up on 40 years of rocking and rolling. It all started in 1977, when they called themselves "Atomic Mass." Is that name much better than Def Leppard? It just might be. They ditched that first name after just one show. Their first release was just three songs, with "Getcha Rocks Off" being a huge hit. Strangely, the band was thought to be a bit more punk than rock, back in the early years. John Peel had great things to say about the band.

Who made the band a success? The fans first, but Mutt Lange, the popular producer of that era took them under his wing, and helped the band strive for perfection. After all, Lange did that to most bands he was interested in. Bringin' On the Heartbreak came out of the Mutt Lange factory, and the band had a hit on their hands. In total, the band has released eleven studio albums, with the latest coming out in 2015. They did take their sweet time making albums, with gaps of three or four years coming between certain projects.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Paul McCartney Plays Summerfest 2016 on July 8th.

Paul McCartney Summerfest
Paul McCartney will play Summerfest 2016 on July 8th, and tickets for the show are about to go on sale. Will this event sell out? Most definitely. The Marcus Amphitheater is a large venue, but this is Paul McCartney, an artist who has sold out venues all across the United States in 2015. His last performance in Milwaukee as at Miller Park, a venue that held well over 40,000 people.

When the Beatles came to an end, McCartney didn't stop performing. He released a self titled album in 1970, which some call a "low-fi" first effort.  Some even wondered if the release was rushed into production, since the audio was not the cleanest one had ever heard. Album number two came out in 1971, and it was titled "Ram." Ram certainly had its moments, and McCartney had two hit songs on his hands. This was followed up with Red Rose Speedway, and it was misunderstood from the day that it was released. As the years have passed, some critics have come around.

Band on the Run came out in 1973, and Wings was born. It's a McCartney favorite for so many fans. He would go on to create many more Wings albums, then go back to solo work. Back to the Egg, Wing's final album was panned widely, so his return to solo efforts came at a perfect time. McCartney II was a success, and Paul never looked back. He continued to make solo albums from that day forward.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sting with Peter Gabriel Headline Summerfest 2016 | Tickets On Sale Now

Sting Gabriel Summerfest tickets
Sting will pair up with Peter Gabriel and perform at Summerfest 2016 on July 10. The Marcus Amphitheater tickets for Sting and Gabriel are already on sale. Sting has been busy performing solo concerts for years, and he shows no sign of letting up. He's been pairing up with Chris Botti at a jazz festivals, he'll be performing live during the NBA All Star halftime, and he's touring the United States this coming Summer.  Did you know that Sting can be found on over two dozen movie soundtracks? Some of those songs are simply from the back catalog of the Police, but others are works he created just for the movies in question.

Peter Gabriel Breaks Free from Genesis

Peter Gabriel has a similar background in music, when compared to Sting. He fronted the famous "prog rock" band Genesis for years, but eventually broke out on his own. He also found success in performing solo, with one of his biggest hits (titled Sledgehammer) was released nearly nine years after he left Genesis. Don't get the impression that it took Peter Gabriel that long to find himself back on top.  His first hit song after Genesis was titled "Solsbury Hill." That was track number two on his first solo effort. Peter Gabriel's last release came in 2013, and it's titled "And I'll Scratch Yours."       

Friday, January 15, 2016

Panic! At The Disco and Weezer Headline Summerfest 2016 | Ticket King

Summerfest Panic Tickets
Summerfest 2016 will feature Panic! At The Disco with Weezer on July 9. Tickets for the Panic! show range in price, depending on the section and row. Weezer is co-headline act for this evening. The new Panic album is titled "Death of a Bachelor." This is the fifth album from Panic!  Both bands will play nearly 40 shows, starting June 10th at The Woodlands.  The tour ends on August 6th at Irvine Meadows.

Weezer, a band that's been around since 1992, will join Panic for all dates on the tour.  What is Weezer known for? Their "Buddy Holly" video made them pretty famous. Who are the members of Weezer? Rivers Cuomo, Brian Bell, Scott Shriner, and Patrick Wilson make up the current form.  They have made ten studio albums, naming four of the ten "Weezer." Is that confusing for their fans, probably.   

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Selena Gomez Headlines Summerfest 2016

Selena Gomez will headline Summerfest 2016 on June 29.  At the young age of sixteen, Gomez had already created a television persona that brought fame and fortune. She was a regular cast member on Wizards of Waverly Place. One year later, her first album was released. With the power of the Disney Channel behind her, a hit song was all but inevitable.  It's called Revival, and Gomez sings her heart out on that disk.

In between film roles and personal appearances, Selena Gomez sings pop songs to a huge audience that can be found all over the world. Gomez was on The Voice in 2015, and performed during the Victoria's Secret fashion show. She plans to make an appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2016.   

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Blake Shelton Summerfest Tickets

Blake Shelton Summerfest 2015 Tickets
Summerfest 2016 will feature Blake Shelton on July 1. Shelton will play on the Marcus Amphitheater. Tickets for Blake Shelton are on sale here. It's been nearly fifteen years since his first album was released. His first three albums went "gold" solidifying him as one of the most popular country singers of that decade.

What's the first song to go to number one for Blake? It was titled "Austin" and it spent over a month at the top spot. His second album, titled "The Dreamer" with the lead track hitting number one. It took some time for a third number one. That came when "The Baby." Shelton has released nine albums in thirteen years. His last effort is titled "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" and that's his second "greatest hits album" to date. The latest rumor about Blake Shelton involves his dating Gwen Stefani.  The rumor was confirmed when they were spotted together at the 2015 Country Music Awards.